Sara J. McLaughlin, PhD, MPH, RD

Sara McLaughlin

Associate Professor and Chief Departmental Advisor, Department of Sociology & Gerontology
Scripps Research Fellow

Phone: 513-529-8138
Office: Upham Hall, 358


PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan
MPH, Epidemiology, Boston University

Dietetic Internship, University of New Hampshire
BS, Human Nutrition and Foods, University of Maine

Research Interests

Healthy aging, health behavior, epidemiology, social inequalities

Biographical Sketch

Dr. McLaughlin’s research focuses on the social and behavioral determinants of healthy aging. After earning her PhD, she completed post-doctoral training in the rehabilitation sciences at Boston University School of Public Health and the University of Michigan Medical School.

Selected Publications


McLaughlin, S. J., Kim, S., Li, L. W., & Zhang, J. (2020). Educational differences in trajectories and determinants of healthy ageing in midlife and older Americans. Maturitas. doi:10.1016/j.maturitas.2020.01.002

McLaughlin, S. J., Chen, Y., Tham, S. S. X., Zhang, J., & Li, L. W. (2020). Healthy aging in China: Benchmarks and socio-structural correlates. Research on Aging, 42(1), 23-33. doi:10.1177/0164027519879105

Li, L. W., McLaughlin, S. J., & Zhang, J. (2019). Healthy aging in older Chinese Americans: Associations with immigrant experiences. Journal of Aging and Health. doi:10.1177/0898264319889122

Rodríguez-Laso, A., McLaughlin, S. J., Urdaneta, E., & Yanguas, J. (2018) Defining and estimating healthy aging in Spain: A cross-sectional study. The Gerontologist, 58(2), 388-398.

McLaughlin, S. J. (2017). Healthy aging in the context of educational disadvantage: The role of “ordinary magic” Journal of Aging and Health, 29(7), 1214-34.

 McLaughlin, S. J., Jette, A. M., & Connell, C. M., (2012). An examination of healthy aging across a conceptual continuum: Prevalence estimates, demographic patterns, and validity. The Journals of Gerontology, 67A(7), 783-789. doi:10.1093/gerona/glr234

McLaughlin, S. J., Connell, C. M., Heeringa, S. G., Li, L. W., & Roberts, J. S. (2010). Successful aging in the United States: Prevalence estimates from a national sample of older adults. The Journals of Gerontology, 65B(2), 216-226. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbp101